After the *dazzling man*, the chief captain of God On High, suddenly vanished, Asenath felt shaken. Had she dreamt him? She felt, though, he’d been too real to have been merely a dream. And that kiss. No dream could have contained the intensity of feeling it elicited in her.
The next day Asenath was visited by a young man, a servant of Joseph, who said, “Expect a visit today from Joseph, the mighty man of God and prime minister of Egypt.”
Asenath told her own servants to prepare a special dinner for that evening. She prepared herself for Joseph’s visit by putting on a robe that shone like lightning, that she secured around her waist with a girdle studded with precious stones. She put golden bracelets around her wrists, and golden boots on her feet, and a costly necklace around her neck, and she put a golden crown upon her head that she covered with a veil.
On being apprised that Joseph was at the gates, Asenath went down to greet him. Stepping out of his carriage, Joseph said to Asenath, “I’m overjoyed to see you. Are you overjoyed to see me too?”
“I suppose I am,” said Asenath, who couldn’t stop thinking about the dazzling man who had so recently visited her.
“You don’t sound enthusiastic. Anything the matter?”
“No, not at all. It’s just that……..well…….I’ll tell you another time. But, yes, of course, I’m happy to see you.”
Joseph made as if to kiss Asenath on the lips, but she offered him only her cheek.
“I assume” said Joseph, “you’ve by now heard that God On High has decreed that I take you to wife, and that His Majesty, the Pharoah, assents. Will you marry me, Asenath?”
“Do I have a choice?”
“Probably not, all things considered. Look, I’m not such a bad fellow. I’m handsome, you know I am, and I have lots of beautiful women offering themselves to me. But you’re the one I want. When I take you to wife, you’ll be the wife of the most powerful man in all of Egypt, apart from the Pharaoh of course.”
The upshot was an extravagant wedding, and Joseph and Asenath were now man and wife. They went to a special tent where they made love. Then Joseph said, “I’ve got to go now.”
“A bit sudden isn’t it?”
“You forget, Asenath, that I’m the de facto prime minister of Egypt. The seven lean years for not only Egypt, but the for the whole world, that were *predicted in my dreams*, are about to start. I have to ensure that all Egyptians get enough food to eat, and I have to travel the length and breadth of the land to check that conservation and distribution measures are going to plan. Please be assured, dear Asenath, that when I’m not thinking about corn and granaries and all of that, I’ll be thinking only of you. I hope you’ll be thinking only of me.”
“I’ll try,” said Asenath, who still couldn’t get the dazzling man out of her mind.
Genesis 41, 45 – 57
Joseph and Asenath Chapters 18 to 21